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Old 05-24-2013, 10:41 AM
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Question Interior Bad Smell in Sunlight

I've had my '13 Sport since Dec 31st, and ever since winter has 'ended' here, and the sun came out, my truck has smelled AWFUL after it sits in the sun. I mean like rotting fish smell. I have the cloth + leatherette trim seats, quad cab, black interior mostly. It never really goes away when I drive it, just gets lessened when I let the air system flow for a while.

It's directly linked to sunlight. If the truck sits in the garage, it's much less of a bad smell. But it's still there. Help please. This truck smells awful and it's pretty embarrassing. Also, let's just say my dealer is less than helpful.
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Sounds like you have a dead critter in there some where. Sorry for you, but it looks like you may have to pull the interior apart. Good luck.
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Sounds like you have a dead critter in there some where. Sorry for you, but it looks like you may have to pull the interior apart. Good luck.
I would be very surprised if there's a dead animal in here other than possibly a mosquito or two. I really do put effort in to keep the truck pretty clean. I dust it at least every week, vacuum out the interior every 2 weeks or so, wash the truck every week, etc etc. It's also hasn't been left alone for any period of time with the doors or windows open. The fish smell is slightly "synthetic", for lack of a better word. It's not as...well..."full" as a real fish smell. It's very close to it though.
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I have a 2013 Ram Sport Crew Cab 4x4 with the black interior. I've had since Jan 3
I have a smell as well. However, I wouldn't say it's a dead critter in my circumstance. Mine is more of a plastic smell. I've tried air fresheners, opening the windows at 60. The smell does seem to be subsiding as time passes. It's definitely not that "NEW" car sent that everyone likes!
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Did you install the Cabin air filter?, if not, sometimes stuff gets into like leaves and crap in the air intake for the cabin, they end up on the air conditioning unit and get moldy due to the humidity there. if this is the case, you would need to clean it out with a spray made for this and I would install the cabin air filter, the carbon one with fabreeze is nice. Cheap mod that take 15 min to do and keeps your interior nice and clean also.
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id say its probably chemicals leeching out of the plastics/trim, and leather, and glue from the carpeting etc. I could be wrong though, but to me it makes sense, the sun heats up these products, which in a sense "opens the pores" and allows the smells out. ive noticed it in my new vehicles in summer, but leaving the windows down a crack helped let them escape, and either i grew accustomed to them or they eventually all leak out/absorb your `personal scent`per say haha
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Is this not related to the hose thing others have talked about? Maybe the sun is causing the plastic to stink like the antifreeze does or what ever the problem is for the other guys.
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This is good info. I agree...it's somewhat of a plastic smell...but it's like a plastic dead fish, for lack of a better description. It's bad. And yes, it's DEFINITELY NOT the new car smell everyone likes. It's the worst "new car" smell I've ever had.

As far as the cabin air filter, this may sound stupid but...hasn't a cabin air filter been standard equipment on every vehicle for the past 20+ years? I had no clue that a cabin air filter would be a mod any more than a reclining front seat LOL. For $45k+, shouldn't there be a cabin filter installed? LOL
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This is good info. I agree...it's somewhat of a plastic smell...but it's like a plastic dead fish, for lack of a better description. It's bad. And yes, it's DEFINITELY NOT the new car smell everyone likes. It's the worst "new car" smell I've ever had.

As far as the cabin air filter, this may sound stupid but...hasn't a cabin air filter been standard equipment on every vehicle for the past 20+ years? I had no clue that a cabin air filter would be a mod any more than a reclining front seat LOL. For $45k+, shouldn't there be a cabin filter installed? LOL

You would think that for 25$ they would put one, but Not on the Ram, no cabin air filter on all trucks. Go to geno's garage and pick up the kit.
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You would think that for 25$ they would put one, but Not on the Ram, no cabin air filter on all trucks. Go to geno's garage and pick up the kit.
Haha wow. I'm actually surprised here. It's a cabin air filter. Every vehicle has one. Ok I'll be looking into it right away.
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